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Going off a post I made. How many of you still have any WWII vets still living in your family? Sad to say all my WWII relatives

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  • Going off a post I made. How many of you still have any WWII vets still living in your family? Sad to say all my WWII relatives

    Going off a post I made. How many of you still have any WWII vets still living in your family? Sad to say all my WWII relatives are gone to be with the Lord. Both Granfathers and all my Great Uncle were volunteers in WWII. I Know for a fact my Uncle was at the Battle of the Bulge, left half his leg there. My Grandfather was driving a willys in Germany. When he got to his destination it had 21 bullet holes in it! He was also accidentally shot in the knee by one of his own men while off loading German pows. A prisoner started laughing and he almost killed him but decided he wasn't a murderer. Also had Quiet a few relatives in Viet Nam, Maybe not strangely they don't often speak of it. I would love to hear some stories from you guys about These things. We must carry them on lest we forget.

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    My grandpa was in the pacific theater during WWII. He didn't say much about it or talk much at all when I was growing up. He would teach me to hunt, shoot, fish, and all the things that I needed to survive, but no small talk. That all changed after I served in the Marines for three combat tours, now we sit and talk about how much has changed with the military, and how much of the old BS is still the same. I know one thing for sure that when these great men like my grandpa are gone we truely are losing something that can never be replaced. Semper Fi and happy Independence Day

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    • #3
      My grandFather and four of his brothers Served, all still alive, all over 90 years old. Four of the greatest men I've ever known.

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      • #4
        My grandfather (Mother's father) is still around I'm not sure he ever saw combat, we've never really talked much about it. I do know he was a airplane mechanic in the military. He was stationed in England I believe for most of the time which is how he met my grandmother which just so happened to be the British Commanders daughter. He has told me about my great-grandfather a little. I'm going to have to ask him more about all of this, he normally talks about his time sneaking out with his other military brothers drinking and getting in trouble. I would have never pictured him as a trouble maker but he apparently was after all he did end up courting the Commanders Daughter! That takes some balls! My fathers father I really do not know much about he died young when I was young. For the most part I all I know about him was he was one of the top officials for the Boy Scouts and lived to teach the boys. Come to think of it I need to pry a little further into my family history, I feel kind of stupid now that I think of it.

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        • #5
          No ww2 vets in my familly but i knew one ww2 vet in his mid nintys.He fought on d-day at omhah beach.He didnt have many fingers because of the war. He had a great sense of humor and seemed like a great guy. I wish i could have got to known him better but he passed away over the winter.

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          • #6
            My late father was a WWII vet and seldom spoke of it nor did my four uncles who fought in WWII. I never understood that until my Vietnam experience.

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            • #7
              My father and seven of his nine brothers served in WWII. The eighth brother served in Korea; the runt of the litter never served. They never to my knowledge spoke of their duty. At out last family reunion we honored all of our family members with military service but the uncles that served in WWII that are the basis of our extended family received special honors.

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              • #8
                My father and seven of his nine brothers served in WWII. The eighth brother served in Korea; the runt of the litter never served. They never to my knowledge spoke of their duty. At out last family reunion we honored all of our family members with military service but the uncles that served in WWII that are the basis of our extended family received special honors.

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                • #9
                  My grandfather and two of his brothers served in WWII. All are in their early to mid 90's now. My grandfather served in the Army Air Corps fixing ground attack fighters in England, France, and Germany. His brothers served in the Navy. Their youngest brother served in Korea. None of them talk about their service as more than just doing what has to be done and what was expected. Although, I found out a few years ago that one my great uncles served on an LST off Okinawa, was in the middle of the kamikaze attacks, and had some close calls running to the beach too. I had to read it in a history of his ship. He's never said a word other than that he'd been in the Pacific. In reading the history of my grand father's unit, I found that they were involved in transporting and bringing help to the inmates at the Flossenburg concentration camp near the end of the war. Again, he never mentioned it or much else other than he'd fixed Thunderbirds and they were tough, tough planes so they sometimes needed a lot of fixing. I've started to collect their stories and the histories of their units for our family history.

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                  • #10
                    The only WW2 vet in my family never made it back home. His ship was sunk by a German U-boat on his way to Europe.

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                    • #11
                      All the ww2 vets in my family have passed. I had a great uncle john who was a sailor on the U.S.S. Kalinin bay escort carrier.My great uncle Paul was one of merrill's marauders and fought the Japanese in the jungles of Burma. He was shot in the ankle and kept fighting.I will always remember them.

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                      • #12
                        No remaining WWII vets that I'm aware of.
                        My paternal grandfather served in WWI. My dad was called up from the Nat'l Guard after Pearl Harbor. Only by a sheer fluke of luck was he dismissed to return home.
                        I know a few Korea vets and several Nam vets.

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                        • #13
                          One grandfather served in WWI (87 years older than me!) and was stationed on the Mexican border to chase off Pancho Villa beforehand. He died in the '70's due to some medical problems related to his military training with gas.

                          The other grandfather served in WWII as a copilot on a B17. He was shot down over Germany on his 4th mission and spent 9 months in prison camp before being liberated by the Russians. To be identified as an American, he crafted an American flag to be sewn onto his jacket. To make it, he scraped the ink off of a Red Cross packet and soaked it in water to make red and blue dye. He and his friends carefully put it onto their handkerchiefs to make the American flag. He passed 5 years ago, but was always willing to tell the story of how he crash landed, escaped the burning plane, survived prison camp, and got liberated.

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                          • #14
                            all of mine have passed. I am sad to say that our team member, Daniel's, father passed away this spring. He was a vet from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. I had the privlege of meeting him only once, but he was a$$kicker to the end. A true hero.

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                            • #15
                              I'm 66, and all the family's surviving WWII vets have already crossed the river. I'm proud of all of them. Their example led me to my Marine Corps recruiter.

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